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In a time when “plug-in cars” are being treated like “compliance cars” to California zero emission rules, America’s five best sellers have an especially heavy weight on their shoulders. Sales progress from almost nil at the beginning of this decade has seen a proliferation of as many plug-ins as hybrids, but their 1.01 percent market […]

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While European legislators are pushing for more electrified vehicles in their quest to cut CO2, and as Americans wonder whether President Trump will slow their progress, the newly crowned world’s largest market – China – is in it mostly for cleaner air. China is also the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, but its urban […]

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Nissan’s all-electric Leaf has been a darling of the electrified car movement since its debut in late 2010 as a 2011 model. It not only became the best-selling electric vehicle in America for several years after its Dec. 2010 release, it has sold more cumulatively around the globe than any other EV to date. As […]

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Since late 2010 the “extended-range electric” Chevrolet Volt has set a standard other plug-in hybrids have yet to match, but its toughest competitor to date may be here soon. To be launched later this year by the company whose 2000 Insight was America’s original modern-era hybrid car, the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid promises some […]

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Volkswagen will rapidly build a nationwide EV charging network at hundreds of sites across 40 states within the next 3 years, according to new plans revealed last week. The new network stands to dramatically expand the long-distance driving utility of current and future all-electric vehicles. With power rates of up to 320 kilowatts, the network […]

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Today Honda unveiled its spacious and nicely appointed Clarity Electric sedan whose approximately 80 miles of estimated range would be about on par for a 2011 model year electric car. To be offered initially later this year in California and Oregon with “an attractive lease program” based around an MSRP in the mid 30s, the […]

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As trucks have gotten better and better, so too has their fuel economy incrementally increased. Pickups today are as comfortable and well equipped as passenger cars, more capable of hauling and doing work than ever, and the best models typically lead their makers’ monthly sales. It used to be the norm for trucks to get […]

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It’s a weekly cacophony of sounds that many are familiar with — the loud hiss of air brakes followed by a mechanical mayhem, and then the roar of a big, thirsty diesel engine. Beginning in the early morning hours across America, five days a week, an army of big-dog refuse trucks set out to pick […]

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This can no longer be considered a fluke: The Ford Fusion Hybrid has once again outsold the Toyota Prius. This is only the second time ever that the Prius has been outsold by another hybrid in the U.S., and both times it was by the Fusion Hybrid and it happened in two months out of […]

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On Sunday Tesla reported a record 25,418 sales for the first three months of 2017, but this peak may look anticlimactic compared to pending plans for explosive growth. By any other measure, 25,000-plus sales are a big leap forward, being 69-percent more than the year prior, and consisting of about 13,450 Model S sedans and […]

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